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The Synergy of Dedicated Trucking

by Administrator18. July 2014 15:03

The Synergy of Dedicated Trucking | The Dependable Companies

The movement of goods is an aspect of business that generally occurs behind the scenes. Although transportation is not the first thing a business is praised for, every successful business operates a smooth supply chain. Operating a dedicated trucking route, as opposed to sporadic shipments, creates ease and fluidity in a transport system. There are countless benefits to a consistent schedule and driver for the delivery of product.

Only one or two drivers usually drive on a dedicated route. This means business operators and drivers can build positive relationships. Plus, the drivers’ jobs depend on the success of the businesses to which they deliver, so they will be invested in productivity. This mutually beneficial relationship could encourage the drivers to make deliveries in a timely manner, unload carefully, and help in any way they can.

Another benefit is that once a dedicated trucking route is set up, managing it becomes simple. Precious time will not be wasted on planning and scheduling a new delivery each week. Instead, the delivery schedule will be consistent and repeatable. This dependability will help while scheduling and ordering product. Customers will regularly have access to the most in-demand goods and management will be able to focus on things like customer service, employee training, and efficiency.

Finally, consistent routes, schedules, and drivers create a smaller margin for error. Product will arrive on time and be unloaded in a way that works well for stocking and storing. Drivers that know the roads can operate the vehicles more safely than drivers using new roads every day. The safety and happiness of people in a business can positively impact business operations.

If a business requires goods to be shipped long distances or needs product consistently, using a dedicated trucking route is a great solution. Drivers prefer dedicated routes because they have consistent schedules. Managers will find supply chain fairly simple with a repeatable routine that a dedicated route provides, and therefore will be able to focus their energy elsewhere. Overall, using a dedicated route for supply chain management is a synergistic solution.

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The Benefits of LTL Carriers

by Administrator18. July 2014 14:59

The Benefits of LTL Carriers | The Dependable Companies


Most people do not ever need to fill an entire semi truck trailer with product. Many trailers carry multiple clients’ shipments simultaneously in order to decrease the number of trips and share fuel among multiple clients. This is called less-than truckload (LTL) shipping because the amount of product you need moved is less than one truckload. Most shipping companies provide an LTL carrier service that is easy to use and a good option for shipping.

The main benefit of LTL services is the ability to easily ship even small amounts of product across the country. Instead of waiting until a shipment is large enough to be cost effective, multiple clients can quickly ship goods on the same route. The best part is that the shipping company will coordinate everything. Shipping is as easy as ordering online.

Another benefit of using an LTL carrier is peace of mind. Once goods have been shipped, modern technology makes it easy to keep track of them. Shipping companies can track items from start to finish and allow clients to see the progress online. This way shipping companies can ensure on time delivery, which is vital in the fast paced consumer market of today. Some even offer next day services for local shipments with LTL services.

Besides efficiency and convenience, another benefit of LTL shipping is safety. An experienced shipping company has strong safety measures in place to protect their drivers as well as their clients’ shipments. Trusting the experts with goods is generally a smart decision.

These experts also know the best way to get product from point A to point B. Shipping companies will give their font-line employees the power to customize orders in ways that benefit the client. If cost is a priority, they will find the most efficient way to go. If speed is most important, the employees know the best way to speed up a delivery while maintaining safety measures. When it comes to shipping product, LTL carrier services are a great solution.

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Value-Added, Precisely Tailored Supply Chain Solutions

by Administrator18. July 2014 14:34

Value-Added, Precisely Tailored Supply Chain Solutions | The Dependable CompaniesWhen choosing a third party logistics provider, it is important to make sure a given company can provide supply chain solutions that cover every need your business may have. Here are three examples of services to look for in a third party logistics provider. Choose a company with experience and a superb reputation in FTL, LTL, and warehousing alike.

LTL and FTL Freight Services

Depending on your business cycle, you may at one point require large shipments, and at other points smaller shipments. Less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) freight services are both best left to providers with the equipment necessary to match your particular shipping needs. Some goods will require special handling, while some will call for refrigeration or other services. No matter what size of shipment, make sure your specifications are met for the swift and successful delivery of your goods.


An ideal supply chain solutions provider will offer quality warehousing in addition to LTL and FTL freight services. Whether you need to store a large amount of goods or a small amount, long-term or short-term, there are supply chain solutions companies that can help. Features to look for in a warehousing provider include flexibility to your business schedule and security measures. In terms of flexibility, it can make a big difference to your business to be able to store seasonal and overflow goods when needed to match your business cycles. When it comes to security, a warehouse should have around the clock guards and surveillance, in addition to fire safety measures, to ensure that your goods are always protected.

Choose a Company That Delivers All Three

There are many companies offering supply chain solutions, but not all can provide quality service for LTL, FTL, and warehousing alike. Be sure to do your research when selecting a third party logistics provider, in order to guarantee that the company you choose is indeed well equipped to offer all the services you need. It is vitally important to know that your goods are in good hands, whether they are being shipped or stored.

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The Dependable Companies Listed in Top 100 For-Hire Carriers for 2014

by Administrator17. July 2014 11:56

The Dependable Companies Awarded Top 100 For-Hire Carriers List in 2014


I am very pleased to advise all of you that the Transport Topics has announced today, the Top 100 For-Hire Carriers for 2014 (based on combined revenues of all 5 entities).  And further, that The Dependable Companies has made the list for the first time at #87.  This is certainly an achievement we should all be proud of.  I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your contribution in the achievement of this award.

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The Top 100 2014 For-Hire Carriers >>

Ron Massman
President / CEO

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Ocean Freight Shipping Companies Accommodate Any Type of Cargo

by Administrator14. July 2014 13:20

Ocean Freight Shipping Companies Accommodate Any Type of Cargo | The Dependable Companies

In today’s busy world, ocean freight shipping companies are stepping up and offering one of the most secure and cost-effective ways to transport freight to domestic and international harbors. Over the past couple of centuries, ocean freight shipping has grown into a vastly diverse business with many different types of ships available to accommodate any class of cargo.

Carrying tons of supplies, general cargo and millions of people between continents, ships have proven to be one of most reliable methods of transportation. Despite many advances in transportation, transporting large amounts of heavy freight is still preferentially done by sea due to its cost effectiveness and carrying capacity.

Cargo ships or freighters can be divided into five major categories: general cargo, tankers, dry bulk carriers, multi-purpose vessels, and refrigerated ships.

  • General cargo ships tend to carry packaged commercial items such as: clothing, chemicals, food, furniture, and other household goods.
  • Tanker ships are specifically designed to transport liquid cargo such as petroleum products.
  • Dry bulk carrier ships are built with large bays, which are used to carry grain, coal, and other similar loose products.
  • Multi-purpose cargo ships are the most versatile with the type of freight it can carry. They can accommodate different classes of freight such as liquid and general cargo at the same time.
  • The refrigerated freighters are the newest addition to the ocean freight fleet. They are reserved to be used for transportation of perishable items such as: meat, fish, and dairy products.

Ocean freight shipping companies utilize all of these categories of ships to deliver specific and general freight to its destination. They can expertly move tons of cargo as less-than container load (LCL) and full container load (FCL) to practically any accessible domestic or international port. With numerous advances in technology ocean freight companies have integrated several key features into their shipping. To give their customers a piece of mind, they provide wireless tracking for their cargo, thorough explanation of all the charges, and twenty-four-seven customer service to answer any possible questions or concerns.

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Evaluating Your 3PL Warehousing Needs

by Administrator14. July 2014 12:10

Evaluating Your 3PL Warehousing Needs | The Dependable Companies

These days, many businesses cannot do everything. Hiring a company with 3PL warehousing can leave you with more time to focus on the core of your business. Choosing a company to manage your supply chain can save you money on shipping costs, and selecting the right one can make your supply chain faster and more efficient. There are many advantages to going with a third party logistics provider, whether you are scaling down your company’s own efforts or looking for a better solution than traditional shipping providers and the hassle involved in working with multiple different companies related to the logistics of your business.

The decision to select a provider for 3PL warehousing and other services will vary, depending on the business. Once it is decided to pursue such services, one important thing to keep an eye out for is a company that is asset based. This means that they own their own resources. The trucks, warehouses, and personnel employed all function under one proverbial roof. While some providers may work with multiple different companies for all of their resources, an asset based provider will have more reliable access to their resources, and in general should be faster.

You would have to spend less time managing your transportation needs through different carriers, as well as only have one point of contact. Communicating with one company will mean fewer headaches down the line. Financially, a 3PL provider should be able to provide volume pricing, which may not be feasible when managing multiple companies in your supply chain. The best providers will also have online features, and you will be able to access tracking of your goods in real-time.

A good management system for 3PL warehousing will have advanced features, such as RF scanning and a completely automated tracking system, so you can rest easy without missing a beat. Keep these features in mind alongside what your business needs when searching for a third party logistics provider and you will be on the right track.


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A Dedicated Fleet Service Offers Wide Range of Potential Advantages

by Administrator14. July 2014 11:39

A Dedicated Fleet Service Offers Wide Range of Potential Advantages | The Dependable Companies


Maintaining a trucking company may be difficult these days due to the rising fuel and maintenance costs; however, a dedicated fleet may be the answer to your problems. Many large trucking companies have been offering part of their fleet to meet the demands of smaller companies. These larger companies take care of all the details including truck maintenance and driver recruitment. In return for a small fee, they will provide the vehicle, drivers, and a safe, timely delivery of the cargo.

Along with this service, you are guaranteed to have the right vehicle for your freight. Whether it is for short haul or long haul contract, a van, truck, or a trailer, will be provided for your goods, which will be securely transported to its final destination. Most companies offer a guarantee for a timely arrival at the designated destination ensuring that your customers will be happy.

The advantage of this service exists for both, the larger and the smaller trucking companies. The smaller trucking company saves a significant amount of money on its fleet maintenance, upkeep, insurance, and driver recruitment. The savings can give you the opportunity to direct your funds into a new, more profitable direction for the company while keeping your customers satisfied. The larger trucking company keeps its maintenance costs low by purchasing supplies in bulk and attracting enough business to further increase their profits.

A dedicated fleet may give you additional advantages. When running a small business, you may not be able to afford some of the perks customers would enjoy when hiring a bigger company. This may include refrigerated trucking, satellite tracking for valuable cargo, and Internet access to bills of lading. While collaborating with another trucking company, you will be able to give these additional services to your customers. This is a great way to thank them for their business and loyalty.

Are you looking for ways to save money and simultaneously expand your trucking business? Contracting a dedicated fleet is the perfect way to free up some of your funds, keep your current customers happy, and further invest in your business.

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Safe LTL Company Shipping of Hazardous Materials

by Administrator8. July 2014 10:35

Safe LTL Company Shipping of Hazardous Materials | The Dependable Companies


Shipping hazardous materials comes with a number of requirements, but it is possible and often desirable to organize a shipment that is less than a full truckload. The top priorities for this kind of LTL shipment are safety and compliance. As with any shipment, timely departure and arrival are key as well. A good LTL company can provide the certified drivers and the shipping expertise needed to get your materials to their destination safely and on time.

A material is deemed hazardous based on what it is and how it is packaged. The Department of Transportation (DOT) designates different classes for different substances. These classes cover explosives to corrosives and everything in between. The first step in organizing a shipment is for the customer to clearly communicate what the material is. The documents declare whether the substance is in sacks, drums or some other container.

Once the carrier is aware of the nature of the load, a certified driver for the LTL company can handle the details. In order to be certified, a driver has to undergo training in how to handle hazardous materials and how to use special equipment for loading and unloading, if necessary. The driver must provide the proper signage for the truck to indicate whether the material being carried is flammable, corrosive or noxious. The driver is required to know what to do in the event of accidental exposure to the substance.

Special documentation is required in addition to the normal shipping documents for moving hazardous loads. Once everything is in place, the shipment is then tracked normally. The freight company can ensure that the destination warehouse or facility is appropriately equipped to receive the load.

Often the surest way to make sure that the process of shipping hazardous materials goes smoothly is to enlist the help of an experienced LTL company that employs drivers certified to handle these special loads. A reliable company can provide a reasonable quote, deliver attentive customer service and navigate the extra issues involved with sensitive shipments.


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The Importance of Proper Container Drayage

by Administrator8. July 2014 10:04

The Importance of Proper Container Drayage | The Dependable Companies


Container drayage is a process that, when performed correctly, can be as quick and painless as flipping a switch. When done improperly, however, the drayage of containers can be long and costly. Transporting containers locally to nearby harbors and container yards should be a breeze, so what makes it go wrong? There are several potential problem areas.

Incorrect Documentation

The turn time can increase by hours due to spotty paperwork. The documentation could be inaccurate or there could just be too many mistakes. The best way to fight these prolonged waiting times is to double check all documentation. If the problem continues, analyze the extra-long transports and look over pre-existing documentation to learn why it took so long.

Anticipate Capacity Needs

In most cases, it is wise to work with a drayage partner that offers “flex capacity” and can make room for any available containers. Planning out the capacity requirements for container drayage helps anticipate the overall time and cost of the process. Sudden changes or emergency requests involving the containers can result in extra costs.

Keep Charges Low

Excessive demurrage and detention fees can be a significant drain on the company’s finances. On-dock and off-dock time limits should be heavily enforced to ensure no extra charges are placed. Not only does this save money, but also time. With a tight schedule and time limits on and off the dock, the company can be sure that only the necessary amount of time is spent on the drayage process.

A Few More Considerations

The following drayage procedures should be completed as quickly and accurately as possible:

  • Pickup and delivery booking
  • Inspection
  • Getting the container
  • Collection bare chassis

Attention to Detail Always

All steps in container drayage require great attention to detail. Whether the company is looking to save time or money (or both), the ability to be accurate and spot problems is a must. Noticing tiny details could mean the difference between acceptable and fantastic drayage.

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Selecting a Freight Forwarding Company: You’re in Charge

by Administrator8. July 2014 09:20

Selecting a Freight Forwarding Company: You’re in Charge | The Dependable Companies


If your company is in need of outside transportation services, choosing the right freight forwarding company is a prime concern. You will want to be assured that the logistics company can meet your needs on a timely basis, including any seasonal demands. You will also want to choose a company with the flexibility to meet your company's current needs as well as its future needs, as your company grows. Your requirements will also vary according to whether you are shipping locally, long-distance or even internationally.

Will your company need full truckload shipping or LTL shipping services? Does the company you are considering offer both, in case your needs change? If you are shipping long-distance, do they have adequate facilities along the way? If you are shipping internationally, do they have representation in the countries where you will be doing business? Does the freight forwarding company offer a complete package of transportation services including trucking, air freight, rail services, ocean shipping, and harbor drayage?

What type of technology does the logistics company use? Can you order services, such as pickups, online? Can you track your shipments online in real-time? Does the shipping company handle all of the paperwork while your goods are in its care? Will you need to warehouse your products? If so, are the facilities adequate for your needs? Does the logistics company provide value added services? How are claims handled? Has the company been around a long time and have expertise in handling the type of goods that you will be shipping? What is the safety record of the company? Do they provide financing?

Another important consideration in selecting a freight forwarder is whether they have adequate insurance, in the event of any losses. If you have specialized needs for your goods, such as a specific temperature, can they guarantee that the correct temperature will be maintained? If you need to warehouse your goods along the way, are the facilities adequate for your needs? Is the logistics company Hazmat certified and bonded? Can they offer express services, if needed? Are their shipping facilities located near major transportation arteries?

By analyzing your company's current and future needs and drawing up a list of questions prior to meeting with management of the logistics company, you will be sure to choose the right freight forwarding company.


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